I was 20 years old when I attended yoga teacher training. I stepped into training with eagerness and joy. I had replaced my dream of being a professional surfer with a new dream of facilitating wellness and healing.
I started with gusto. But several weeks in, I was surprised with the amount of sadness I was feeling and some of the memories that surfaced. Emotions and trauma that had been stored in my body were making their way into my consciousness.
Looking back, I remember the collective expression of feelings within the group of practitioners. Some broke out into hysterical laughter at inopportune times, others broke down in tears. Most of us found soothing through turning to one another, to talk about our experience, and what was happening on the inside (and the outside).
There is no way around it, immersing in yoga will bring up material and can release a whole range of emotions. This process is healthy and often launches positive transformation. For many, the way up is to go down first, and for some it can be a wild ride.
I thought it may be helpful to share some emotion basics that can be supportive for anyone experiencing intense feelings as they embark on their yoga journey.
Have you been through an experience of deep release during or after immersion in yoga? If you have, I would love to hear about what this was like for you in the comments box below!
Cristina Trette guides couples and parents to renew relationships and attain wellbeing.
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